Handa-kun (2016– )

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Animation, Comedy

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Prequel to the anime Barakamon. Follows the life of Sei Handa a renowned calligrapher and his life at school. Oblivious to the respect and admiration his school mates have of him believing ... See full summary »

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21 April 2018 | salmanalfarisi-81574
| Comedic anime with light humor...
Barakamon has always been the most favorite comedy anime ever because I admit the comedy can get the punchline and the story despite being just a slice of life, it's so funny if you watch it. In the summer of 2016, a prequel from Barakamon entitled Handa-kun was airing. Both anime I can say it's very funny according to myself who still enjoy or not, I can say that Handa-kun is a slight comedy with funny humor. But can Handa-kun be as interesting as Barakamon or more interesting if you watch?

For myself, I'm a little enjoy all the episodes including the opening scene from the first episode. In this scene on the first episode, Handa fanatics who call them Handa forces or something like that discuss to create an anime about Handa. In a way, it's a bit of a breaking the 4th wall in it although I guess, this scene doesn't make me laugh because I think it's a bummer. Still carrying with the same traits as in Barakamon, Sei Handa is a closed person and consider that people around him are getting hated. He ends up keeping his distance from talking to the people around him. Takao Kawafuji who filled by Kazuyuki Okitsu, although in Barakamon is voiced by Suwabe Junichi, he is also present in the support character for Sei Handa. If I look at it from every corner, some of its characters are the trigger of the core problem. In the first episode, Juri and Maiko Mori experience a mellow story that culminates in a misunderstanding but is settled composedly by Sei Handa. However, these two characters immediately disappear from this anime as if this character like just a cameo only. Although the resemblance of this appearance is almost the same as Handa's mother Handa Emi, I'm not too concerned about her because she's just a cameo in here.

In addition, this anime uses a long-running gag that all episodes are almost same and makes no difference at all. In my opinion, some are funny but the rest of all fails to make me laugh because of this cliche and predictable comedy. I know that this anime is just a slice of life that uses a light comedy and humor that's easy to understand but, Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto and Tanaka-kun is Always Listless are the two similar and distant anime but it's better than this anime. The art can be said to be very average for a slice of life anime with slight comedy like this. So, I'm not very judgmental here. The opening and the ending song also I think is very mediocre. As in Barakamon, the opening song is a rock genre but in this anime, I don't think if its opening song and the anime can fit because this is something heavy metal from the others. Imagine if something very lightweight is combined with something that doesn't match or imagine if an anime that has a romance genre using a metalcore or hardcore as an opening song. It may seem strange but as a person who really likes metal music, I'm a little nice to hear this song. But, I also admit that Handa's struggle to make himself comfortable is very painful or I can say his struggle to realize that he's not being hateful. For the ending of this anime story, I think you can guess it because for me it's pissed me off when I remember it again.

Do you have to watch Handa-kun if you watch Barakamon? I guess it could be because you don't need to watch either or if you like them you can watch them. Handa-kun to me is an anime that uses the same comedy in every episode so the interest of enjoyment is dropped. However, I'm enjoying when watching an anime like this especially if this is a slice of life things. Although not as good as Barakamon, Handa-kun can be said as an anime I recommend for those of you who want to look for comedic anime with light humor.

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Animation | Comedy


Release Date:

8 July 2016



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